Basel Institute Participant, Max Huber, defends PhD thesis "Biological Modalities"

Max "Modal Max" Huber recently defended his Ph.D. thesis “Biological Modalities” with distinction. His thesis committee included Philippe Huneman, Thomas Müller, Sonja Smets and Chris Wüthrich. Max was a great participant and essential local guide for us at the 2016 Basel Institute. Congratulations to Max on behalf of the Core Team!

Marcel Weber to give contributed paper at EPSA 2017

Marcel's contributed paper “Causal Specificity, Biological Possibility, and Non-parity about Genetic Causes” has been also accepted to EPSA17.

This paper is related to a paper on which Marcel received valuable feed-back in Basel.

Ken Waters and Basel Institute Participants to present at EPSA 2017

EPSA has accepted Steve Elliot and Flavia Frabris’ proposal for a symposium titled, "New Directions for Studying Success and Failure in Science", at EPSA17. Flavia and Steve developed the proposal for the symposium during the 2016 Basel Summer Institute. The 2016 Summer Institute focussed on how to understand success in science, different interpretations and explanations of the success of science, and the metaphysical implications of successful scientific practice. 

Speakers will be Steve, Flavia, and Malinda Fagan. Ken Waters will give a commentary. 

Oliver Lean gives department talk at Calgary

Postdoctoral researcher, Oliver Lean, gave a department talk at the University of Calgary speaker series on March 24, 2017. His talk was titled, "Causation, Information, and Agency".

2017 Calgary Summer Institute

Details and the application form for attending the 2017 Summer Institute in Calgary are now available.

Marie I. Kaiser gives talk in Lisbon

Marie I Kaiser gave a talk, "Explanatory Reduction and Multiple Realization in Biology", at the Third Lisbon International Conference on Philosophy of Science at the Centre for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL) on December 15, 2016.

Marie I. Kaiser receives the Offermann-Hergarten Award

Marie I. Kaiser received the Offermann-Hergarten Award from the University of Cologne for her book "Reductive Explanation in the Biological Sciences" (2015, Springer)

Marcel Weber has paper accepted

Marcel Weber has his paper "Which Kind of Causal Specificity Matters Biologically" in Philosophy of Science.

Marcel Weber's paper appears in Philosophy of Science

Marcel Weber's paper "On the Incompatibility of Dynamical Biological Mechanisms and Causal Graphs" appeared in Philosophy of Science 83: 959-971.

Marc Ereshefsky Receives SSHRC Grant

Marc Ereshefsky receives Insight Grant from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canda (SSHRC) for his project titled "Natural Kinds, Classification, and Scientific Practice". The grant runs from 2016-2020.